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In the Interest of R.B., a Child Carson County Courthouse - Panhandle, Texas

This is an appeal from final orders terminating the parental rights of A.R.T. to R.B. and A.D.T. A.R.T questions the legal and factual sufficiency of the evidence underlying the trial court’s finding that termination was in the best interests of the children and warranted under § 161.001(b)(1)(E) of the Texas Family Code. We affirm.
Standard of Review
The pertinent standards of review are ... More...
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Braulio Alvarado-Gutierrez v. The State of Texas

A jury found appellant, Braulio Alvarado-Gutierrez, guilty of two offenses of aggravated sexual assault of a child1 and assessed his punishment at forty years’
1 See TEX. PENAL CODE ANN. § 22.021 (West Supp. 2016).
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confinement for each offense, to be served concurrently. In two issues, appellant contends that the trial court erred in admitting his recorded statement because he did no... More...
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Jennifer S. v. The Superior Court of San Francisco County, San Francisco Human Services Agency

In this consolidated writ proceeding, Jennifer S. (mother) and Kenneth S.
(father) seek extraordinary relief from the juvenile court order denying them both
reunification services with respect to their infant daughter, K.S. (born January 2017), and
setting a permanency planning hearing pursuant to section 366.26 of the Welfare and
Institutions Code.1
At the June 2017 dispositi... More...
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Thomas Leslie Mace v. Jill Bowen Polk County Courthouse - Livingston, Texas

Thomas Leslie Mace appeals the modification of a protective order. On May
11, 2015, the trial court found that Mace and Jill Bowen had a dating relationship
and that family violence had occurred and was likely to occur in the future. The trial
court signed a protective order to remain in effect until May 11, 2017, prohibiting
Mace from communicating with Bowen in a threatening or h... More...
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United States of America v. Lorena Loren Federal Courthouse - Detroit, Michigan

Detroit, MI - Former Executive Director of St. Clair Housing Commission Pleads Guilty to Federal Program Fraud

The former executive director of the St. Clair Housing Commission, pleaded guilty on August 29, 2017 to conspiring to commit federal program fraud, Acting United States Attorney Daniel Lemisch announced.

Lorena Loren, 55, of Nicholls, Georgia admitted to conspiring with ... More...
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In the Interest of M.R., a Child

Appellant L.S. (Mother) appeals the trial court’s termination of her parentchild
relationship with her son M.R. In two issues, she contends that (1) the trial
court committed fundamental error by not providing statutorily-required warnings
(“statutory warnings”) at the status and permanency hearings and (2) the
evidence is legally and factually insufficient to support the trial cou... More...
   $0 (08-10-2017 - TX)

United States of America v. Brandi Leonard Federal Courthouse - Denver, Colorado

Denver, CO - Colorado Woman Brandi Leonard Sentenced to Lengthy Prison Term for Producing Child Pornography

Co-defendant Richard Hennis previously sentenced to 27 years in federal prison for same offense

Brandi Leonard, age 20, was sentenced on August 1, 2017 by U.S. District Court Judge Philip A. Brimmer to serve 240 months (20 years), followed by 10 years on supervised release ... More...
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Milton Rolando Paz v. The State of Texas

The State charged Appellant, Milton Rolando Paz, with capital murder.1
Appellant pleaded not guilty. The jury found him guilty, and an automatic life
1
See TEX. PENAL CODE ANN. § 19.02(b)(1) (West 2011), § 19.03(a)(8) (West Supp.
2016).
sentence was assessed. In three issues on appeal, Appellant argues (1) the trial court
abused its discretion by denying his ... More...
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State of Nevada v. Nikki Shelley Elko County Nevada Courthouse

Elko, NV - Jury Convicts Woman of Child Neglect

The State of Nevada charged Nikki Shelley, age 23, with willful abuse, neglect or endangerment of a child.

Shelley gave birth to her daughter at home without telling anyone that she was pregnant except for a friend who was called to Shelley's home on May 18, 2016. Shelley's grandmother found the new-born infant in the trunk of Shel... More...
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Okmulgee County Family Resource Center, Inc. v. Danette Mackey

¶1 Defendant, Danette Mackey, appeals the order and judgment of the District Court of Okmulgee County, entered on June 30, 2015, granting Plaintiff, Okmulgee County Family Resources Center, Inc. (OCFRC), default judgment and damages, together with attorney fees and costs, as a discovery sanction. On review,1 we hold that the district court abused its discretion by (1) granting a default judgment o... More...   $0 (07-26-2017 - OK)

STATE OF MONTANA v. MATTHEW JOHN BLAZ

On August 16, 2013, Blaz’s infant daughter, Matti, died after being in Blaz’s care
for the day. Mattiwas born in June 2013, via cesarean section, and was approximately 53
days old at the time of her death. Dr. Walter Kemp, Deputy State Medical Examiner,
determined Matti’s cause of death to be craniocerebral and cervical trauma. Matti’s
autopsy revealed: (1) blunt force trauma... More...
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STATE OF OHIO vs. DEANDRE BANDY

Bandy and an unknown accomplice attempted to rob Madaris and his
brother Steward at Ziegler Park, also known as Peaslee Park, in the early evening on
April 24, 2015. Bandy and his accomplice were both brandishing guns. Madaris
reacted by pushing the accomplice, causing him to drop his gun before running off.
Madaris then tussled with Bandy before ascending the fence on the s... More...
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Tyron Johnson v. State of Indiana Tyron Johnson sentenced for the shooting death of his girlfriend

During the morning of June 12, 2015, Johnson was walking toward his
mother’s Mishawaka home with his girlfriend, Precious Jackson (“Jackson”).
Jackson was carrying her infant son (who had been fathered by Johnson) in a
baby carrier; her three pre-school children were following behind her. The
couple began to engage in a heated argument about their relationship, drawing
t... More...
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Anthony George Nelson v. The State of Texas Fourth Court of Appeals, San Antonio, Texas

Detective Brenan Cook of the San Antonio Police Department (SAPD) received a report
from an informant that Nelson and his girlfriend, Reanna, were selling drugs out of a two-bedroom
apartment Reanna had leased. Over the course of several days, Cook spent approximately four to
five hours surveilling Reanna’s apartment in an unmarked patrol car. Cook saw multiple people
come to t... More...
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Christie Paton-Smith and Robert Smith v. Integris Southwest Medical Center County Courthouse - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, OK - Christie Paton-Smith and Robert Smith v. Integris Southwest Medical Center

Plaintiffs sued the Defendant on medical negligence (medical malpractice) theories claim to have been injured and/or damaged as a result of Christie Paton-Smith having been provided substandard care during labor and delivery at Southwest Medical Center on March 24, 2015. Plaintiffs claimed that... More...
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STATE OF IOWA vs. CHARLES EMANUEL HALL Bedford man sentenced to life without parole for murdering daughter

In July 2015, Hall was charged by trial information with murder in the first
degree and child endangerment resulting in serious injury. His three-year-old
daughter, J.K., was the alleged victim in each instance.
The charges were tried to a jury in January 2016.
The State’s first witness was Hall’s live-in girlfriend, April Clair. Clair
testified J.K. had been staying... More...
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MATTHEW J. ELLIOTT vs. STATE OF IOWA Iowa Court of Appeals

Matthew Elliott was convicted of willful injury causing serious injury and
child endangerment resulting in death. On appeal, his convictions were vacated,
and the matter was remanded for a new trial. See State v. Elliott, 806 N.W.2d
660, 675 (Iowa 2011) (concluding the admission of hearsay evidence resulted in
prejudicial error to Elliott and remanding for a new trial). On r... More...
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STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA v. JANNO KOLLAY TALLA South Dakota Supreme Court

Talla was born in Barentu, Eritrea, in 1984 and immigrated to the United States as a refugee sometime around 2012. After living in Charlotte, North Carolina, for a short time, he moved to Sioux Falls, where he began a relationship with Ammuna Gayya. The two moved in together, and in late 2013, Gayya became pregnant with Talla’s child. In August 2014, prior to their child’s birth, Talla obtained... More...   $0 (06-09-2017 - SD)

United States of America v. Alfred Laquann "Merc" Thomas Federal Courthouse - Syracuse, NY

Syracuse, NY - Rome Man Sentenced for Possession of Ammunition by a Convicted Felon in Connection with Drive-by Shooting in Syracuse - Defendant Admitted That He Had Committed Murder After Acquittal in State Homicide Prosecution

Alfred Laquann “Merc” Thomas, 32, of Rome, New York, was sentenced to serve 115 months in prison for his possession of ammunition as a convicted felon in connecti... More...
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STATE OF OHIO VS. LARRY DAWSON Deliberations continue in Youngstown toddler murder case

Appellant and Rhea Stewart had one child, RayVon; the child was born September 8, 2011. Tr. 259. Although Appellant and Steward were not together, Appellant spent time with the child. Tr. 266, 271. On Saturday, December 8, 2012 Stewart took the 15 month old toddler to stay with Appellant for a couple days; the toddler was scheduled to stay at Appellant’s house on 3031 Oregon Street, Youngstown... More...   $0 (06-01-2017 - )

United States of America v. Julian King

Albuquerque, NM - Navajo Man Sentenced for Federal Child Abuse Conviction

Julian King, 31, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Vanderwagon, N.M., was sentenced in federal court in Albuquerque, N.M., to 24 months in prison for his conviction on a federal child abuse charge. King will be on supervised release for a year after completing his prison sentence.

King... More...
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BRANDON and DANIELLE ANDREW, as Guardians of B. A., a minor child, and individually, as her parents v. ELISA DEPANI-SPARKES, D.O., THE PHYSICIAN GROUP, PLLC, a/k/a OCCO HEALTHCARE NETWORK, and INTEGRIS AMBULATORY CARE CORPORATION d/b/a INTEGRIS FAMILY CARE EDMOND, Defendants, and MERCY HEALTH CENTER, INC., d/b/a MERCY HEALTH CENTER

Plaintiffs filed an action in the District Court alleging defendants' negligence relating to the prenatal care and birth of plaintiffs' child. That court granted summary judgment to defendant Mercy Health Center and plaintiffs appealed. Plaintiffs argue the trial court did not apply a correct standard for causation and failed to recognize the testimony from their expert witnesses. Mercy argues the... More...   $0 (05-18-2017 - )

Brandon Andrew v. Elisa Depani-Sparkes, D.O., et al.

¶1 Plaintiffs filed an action in the District Court alleging defendants' negligence relating to the prenatal care and birth of plaintiffs' child. That court granted summary judgment to defendant Mercy Health Center and plaintiffs appealed. Plaintiffs argue the trial court did not apply a correct standard for causation and failed to recognize the testimony from their expert witnesses. Mercy argues ... More...   $0 (05-16-2017 - OK)

State of Oklahoma v. Joseph Lee Bunnell

Tulsa, OK - Man Sentenced to Life Plus 20 Years for Killing Infant

The State of Oklahoma charged Joseph Lee Bunnell, age 22, with:

Count # 1. Count as Filed: HM11, CHILD ABUSE MURDER, in violation of 21 O.S. 701.7
Date of Offense: 03/14/2016

Count # 2. Count as Filed: CHN, CHILD NEGLECT, in violation of 21 O.S. 843.5 (C)
Date of Offense: 03/14/2016

The... More...
   $0 (05-04-2017 - OK)

STATE OF MISSOURI vs. JACOLE N. PRINCE

In October 2005, Prince’s then four-year-old daughter L.P. (“Victim”) was admitted to
Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City. She was unresponsive from an unknown cause and was
unable to breath effectively on her own. Victim was placed in the intensive care unit and underwent
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surgery, after which she was temporarily placed on a respirator. Measurements of her weight a... More...
   $0 (04-28-2017 - MO)

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